We’re well into 2018 now, and the road ahead is looking mighty fine indeed. With a stonkingly huge number of exclusives confirmed to be hitting PS4, your console will be the epicentre of some truly great adventures to come.
Over the past E3, Paris Games Week and PSX shows, there’s been such a huge number of high profile announcements it’s easy to lose track of what’s on the horizon. So we’re here to help. Below you’ll find our top picks of the currently confirmed PS4 exclusives, and why you should be excited for every single one.
Developed by Insomniac Games
Why you should be excited: It’s the world’s biggest Super Hero in an all-new blockbuster action adventure created by Insomniac Games, the world-renown studio behind Ratchet & Clank. With a fresh take on Peter Parker and his amazing cast of Super Villains, an expanded and fun move set tied to Spider-Man’s spectacular gadgets and a richly detailed Marvel and quest-filled New York City to swing round, this is an essential not just for Super Hero fanatics but adventure free-roaming gameplay fans everywhere.
Developed by Santa Monica Studios
Why you should be excited: Kratos is coming to PS4 with an epic journey the likes of which franchise fans have never experienced. Santa Monica is bringing its unique take on Norse mythology to offer adventure fans an action-packed fantasy blockbuster as a deeply personal quest sees the demi-god and his son Atreus face a world and threats that’ll leave you breathless.
Developed by Quantic Dream
Why you should be excited: The studio behind such thought-provoking – and thrilling – games such as Heavy Rain turns its attention to the fragility of co-existence between human and androids in this sci-fi neo-noir. See this critical moment in future history from three perspectives. Every choice matters, and can mean the difference between life and death for your trio of characters.
Developed by Bend Studio
Why you should be excited: Fight for survival in an open world that’s gone to hell in the wake of a global pandemic, where your best friend – and means to survive – is your motorcycle. Play as biker turned bounty hunter, Deacon St. John, as he fights to live against rival gangs, overwhelming hordes of roving human monsters known as Freakers and a brutal environment out to get him. Explore, scavenge, survive.
Developed by Sucker Punch
Why you should be excited:
The creator of InFamous is hard at work on an ultra-ambitious open world action adventure set in Feudal Japan. Expect luscious landscapes to explore, character design with historical authentic flourishes and a story inspired by classic samurai stories.
Developed by London Studios
Why you should be excited: The London Heist, one of the highlights of PlayStation VR Worlds was so well-received its creator was inspired to build an entirely new PS VR adventure, set in London’s gritty underworld. With intense shootouts, choice-driven interactive touches and memorable moments, be the action hero of your own explosive crime thriller.
Developed by Naughty Dog
Why you should be excited: It’s the sequel to Naughty Dog’s harrowing, emotionally-taut survival horror. What more do you need to know?
Developed by Media Molecule
Why you should be excited: Media Molecule’s newest game is as dazzlingly unique as the studio’s previous PlayStation phenomenon LittleBigPlanet. First, play the studio’s trio of interweaving, genre-leaping adventures. Then dip into the community’s own game creations – or try and create your own! Here are four videos encapsulating why you’ve never seen anything like it.
Developed by PixelOpus
Why you should be excited: Completely transform the practically abandoned fishing town of Denska into a vibrant hub of colourful, interactive art. This powerful but beautiful adventure focuses on Ash, a boy constantly picked on by the town’s older kids. By using the Dualshock 4’s motion sensor you can paint and create creatures on the walls that will come to life and aid Ash as he cleanses Denska using the power of his brush.
Developed by Flavourworks
Why you should be excited: Erica is an intriguing interactive live action drama that joins PS4’s growing PlayLink range, a tense thriller in which you dictate what happens next. Help identify a killer while piecing together Erica’s lost memories as you explore her world, shaping her story by interacting with the on-screen action via your smartphone.
Why you should be excited: A PlayStation classic is resurrected for a new generation, as Sir Daniel Fortesque returns to your skelevision. It’s a chance for fans to rediscover their love for the spooky hack and slash adventure, and a chance for PS4 players to become acquainted with a beloved PS icon.
12. Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
Developed by SEGA
Why you should be excited: SEGA’s brilliant action series set in Japan returns! Yakuza 6 features a fascinating mix of exploration, brutal combat and stunning, explorable renditions of Japanese towns (with arcades featuring authentic, playable SEGA games!). Don’t let the 6 put you off; this is a great intro to the successful SEGA franchise.
13. Firewall: Zero Hour
Developed by First Contact Entertainment
Why you should be excited: A multiplayer face-off between two teams is all the tenser when played through PS VR. Infiltrate the map and carry out your objective as the attacking side, or showcase your superior strategy skills by successfully protecting the objective as the defenders. You get hit, you’re out of the game: prepare for some tense online matches.
14. Death Stranding
Developed by Kojima Productions
Why you should be excited: Hideo Kojima returns with an all-star cast including Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, who are lending their likenesses to the upcoming game.